REGULAR SEASON WRAP
- Season ends with Cordy taking the Championship with a 0.813 winning percentage; 2nd highest since his 0.827 16 years ago.
- Rolphy ended solidly in 2nd and gets to enjoy the Derko Cup all of next year. We expect to see it adorn one of the Horizons HVAC vans ripping around the Cariboo.
- With Cordy wrapping up the OFHL Championship last weekend, there was really only one race left to decide: the Third Place money.
- In the end, Fulty stretched his lead over Derko in the final week and grabbed 3rd spot and the extra $40.
- T-Man rounded out the 5th & final $ spot. It should be noted that T-Man finished ahead of Derko in player points. Just sayin’.
- EZ jumped 2 spots in the final week to grab top loser spot and the last lottery spot (which actually belongs to T-Man)
- Stifler bests JBR in the Battle of Expansion Cousins
- Orv finished 2nd last but that just means he will likely get a great lottery pick this yea… wait…what? He traded that pick to T-Man? Oh. Nevermind.
- A more detailed wrap-up of each GMs season will be released at year end.
|1. Cordy $200||72||58||13||1||117||29||843||35.1||0.813|
|2. Rolphy $140||72||53||16||3||109||32||786||32.8||0.757|
|3. Fulty $100||72||48||20||4||100||44||778||32.4||0.694|
|4. Derko $60||72||48||24||0||96||29||733||30.5||0.667|
|5. T-Man $40||72||41||28||3||85||34||735||30.6||0.590|
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Here are the leaders in each category:
Rookie: Matthews TO (Vinny) & Laine WPG (Stifler) 61 points
Vet: Zetterberg DT (Vinny) 62 pts
Forward: McDavid ED (Stifler) 88 pts
D-Man: Burns SJ (Rolphy) 99 pts
And for the 2nd year in a row…
Goal: Holtby WS (Rolphy) 100 pts
Holtby could have been a 3-peater if not for falling to Carey Price back in 2014-15
The Napkin Re-visited
It looked like the napkin would have some validity early in the season, but predicting the final standings of 14 teams seven months before the conclusion is tough work. While the prediction of finish within the top two tiers was relatively close, the bottom tier was almost perfect.
One thing is clear with this prediction business, time spent on the toilet is not directly proportional to your powers of prognostication.
LET THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN!
- Playoffs will run for the last two weeks of the NHL season
- Teams will continue to submit weekly rosters for duration of the playoffs
- Total points for all playoff weeks used to determine playoff winners
- Playoffs will be tiered based on OFHL regular season final standings
- Tier one – all teams that finished in the money at the end of the regular season – Cordy, Rolphy, Fulty, Derko, & T-Man
- Tier two- those teams that finished out of the money but not in the bottom 4 – eZ, Haukster, Vinny, GoJo, Erty
- Tier three – the bottom 4 teams in regular season – Stifler, JBR, Orv, Ren & Stimpy
The winners of each playoff tier will win the following
- Tier one – a draft pick at the end of the 5th round in the next year
- Tier two – a draft pick at the end of the 4th round in the next year
- Tier three – a draft pick at the end of the 3rd round in the next year
Turn your sound on to really enjoy this… or just imagine Vinny saying “Playoffs?” thirty times.
That’s it boys! Another great season. Let the playoffs begin!
The WJC is done for another year. Who can we tell about how much we hate the shoot-out? Just let them play!
Ask the Toronto FC fans who lost the MLS championship game last month to a team that didn’t get one shot on net in the 90 min. regulation and the 30 min OT. Brutal. Stupid. Hate it. Anyways, great game until that point, and congrats to the US kids.
Americans say they don’t care about this tournament….unless they win. Then it’s…
Here’s a little WJC/Geo-Political trivia:
Name 2 players who started the tournament playing for their country, but by tournaments end, they were no longer citizens of that country….give up….. It’s Sandis Ozolinsh & Sergei Zholtok, who started the 1991 WJC as citizens of the Soviet Union, but the day the tournament began, the Soviet Union formally dissolved.
The team continued to play as the Soviet Union, but on January 1, 1992, the team was renamed the Commonwealth of Independent States. Ozolinsh & Zholtok were from Latvia, a country that was not part of the commonwealth. Weird. Zholtok had a heart attack on the ice and passed away in ’04 at 31 years. He was also part of a vicious OFHL power struggle regarding his rookie status back in the ’90s.
Ozolinsh? Ask GoJo about him and his financial statement.
THE WEEKLY RANT or THE WEEK IN BULLETS
- Week 13 showed some parity with only 14 points separating 1st and 14th place
- Derko had the big week with 36 points
- 3-0 weeks went to Derko, Rolphy, T-Man, & Erty
- Movers: GoJo moved up 2 spots to 6th; Rolphy moved up one spot to 2nd.
- Hot: Derko’s on an 11-1 run; Erty kicked his 0-9 slump with a 5-1 run
- Not: Stifler & the R&S boys are winless in the past 3 weeks
- R&S used the pick-up to grab big Jordan Greenway of Team USA. The Wild’s 2015 2nd rounder is a point per game player with Boston Univ.
- R&S cut Hansen VN. Must have hurt. But it’s another lottery pick, and a “1” was rolled so they get the pick-up again.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Not a lot of big point weeks for the skaters, but the goalies did well. Erty’s Schneider had a 7 pointer, but the POTW honours go to the Spitter from Rolphy & Mr. Movember from Team Orv. Each had 8 point weeks.
CARD OF THE WEEK
Speaking of tenders….
Need anymore reasons why Americans don’t deserve hockey?
Fighting Isn’t Really Going Away…except in college. It’s gone
- The AHL saw one fighting major every 0.8 games.
- The ECHL had one every 0.9 games.
- The WHL saw one every 1.0 games
- The OHL and QMJHL one every 1.1 games.
- The NHL one every 1.8 games.
- The USHL one every 2.5 games,
- and the NCAA……. one every 281 games. Click the link below for the article
The Last Days of the Prez.
That’s it. Until next week, keep shimmying…
The Holidays are here so let the WJC begin!
Click on the pic below for the FULL WJC SKED
Orv’s beloved Sabres have been slipping lately, but they look good doing it. Always remember to do your hair before a donnybrook.
THE WEEK IN BULLETS
- Short week saw Fulty take the big week with 32 points
- He went 3-0, as did Rolphy & EZ
- Movers: EZ jumps up to 8th spot; Orv’s up to 11th
- HOT: EZ is 10-2 in the past 4 weeks – riding his trio of hot Blue Jackets
- NOT: Erty is 1-11 in the past 4 weeks – injury bug hitting
- Pick up for the week is a lottery; R&S get 1-3, Stifler get 4&5, JBR gets 6…..and it’s a “6”. JBR has until Sunday Jan 1 to make his pick-up…. lots of prime WJC watching time.
- OFHL Christmas Banquet this Saturday 10:30 @ Denny’s — Player Exchange: Team with best record picks first; next team has option to steal or pick…..
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dubnyk MN (GoJo) & Andersen TO (Rolphy) get the POTW nods as they both got 6 points. It could have gone to Jaromir Jagr as he passed Messier & moved into 2nd place all time in NHL scoring with 1888 points, the last one, as Jagr put it, came “off my ass.”
60% of the current NHL players were born after Jagr played his first NHL game.
#68. Only jersey number worn during his NHL career, which commemorates the 1968 Prague Spring in his native Czechoslovakia and a remembrance of his grandfather, who died that year Soviet jail for refusing to work his farm for free.
Jagr has played against Guy Lafleur, (the 1971 No. 1 overall draft pick) and Auston Matthews (the 2016 No. 1 pick)
Jumbo Joe reveals what he believed was a portrait of himself…
HOCKEY CARD HELL
It’s a bit of a thinker, unless you’re a Cleveland Browns fan (in which case it’s a life-long nightmare)
|Fulty the snowman||33||23||9||1||47||32||348||31.6||0.712|
|Good Gord Johnson||33||17||14||2||36||24||305||27.7||0.545|
|Ertridge in a Pear tree||33||14||18||1||29||18||281||25.5||0.439|
|Olive, the other Reindeer||33||10||23||0||20||24||243||22.1||0.303|
|Jingle Bell Rock||33||9||24||0||18||18||245||22.3||0.273|
|R&S; two french hens||33||6||26||1||13||15||190||17.3||0.197|
Anyone want one of these bobbleheads in their stocking?
Didn’t think so…
Besides the WJC, Bowl Games are coming up, so here’s a football moment to warm your heart.
If you want to read more enlightened offerings, if you consider yourself a coach, read this…
and something for you closet Bon Jovi fans
from the vinnyfiles
You might have seen some of these but if you want to watch some hockey documentaries this holiday season, check these out:
Punched Out: The Rise and Fall of Derek Boogaard
The Broad Street Bullies
Lokomotiv: Leaving the Ice
Fuelled By Passion – The Return Of The Winnipeg Jets
That’s all. Have a Merry Christmas.
He did it! Again.
#1 FULTY becomes the first GM to win back to back championships since Cordy did so in 2000 & 2001. It took the last week of the season to finally wrap it up. Fulty took over first from Cordy on week 24 and never looked back, going 12-0 in the last month. Congrats Fulty! Well played. The payout: $190
#2 CORDY’s never one to blame it on injuries, but……..He’s going to blame it on injuries: Price, Halak, Crawford, Seguin, Malkin…and Pouliot didn’t help either. Here Cordy reacts after hearing of his team’s final week collapse and a third straight Derko Cup.
#3 DERKO polevaulted past Rolphy for 3rd. They tied in points and Rolphy actually had 2 more wins, but the first tie-break is player points and Derko took that by 62. Payout: $90
#4 ROLPHY had a solid year and finishes in the $ again. Impressive stuff from the 5th year franchise who was actually last in his 1st and 3rd years. A lesson in team building for you youngsters. Payout: $50 (and a warm blanket)
(at this point it should be noted that the Napkin had the top 2 places correct, had 3rd and 4th flipped, and nailed 9th, 12th, & 13th. Getting better every year)
#5 TMAN took 5th and $40 in what was the biggest charge of the final 2 months. He sat in 8th at that point and only grabbed the last money spot over GoJo on the final week. That Craig Smith no-goal could have made the difference.
#6 GOJO improves on his 10th place finish from last year but is still really happy with his team. What’s going to fix this?
One word: Bracelets.
#7 ERTY improves on a 9th place position last year. Would have been higher but drank a case of home brew every Sunday night and it screwed up his changes
#8 ORV Was challenging for some bottom money spots, and was only 8 points back with 2 months to go, but faltered at the end and had the worst record in the OFHL over the final 6 weeks. At least that helped his draft lottery pick.
#9 HAUKSTER dropped four places and 29 points in the standings this year. It was a tough year for the 2009 Champion, but 2016 OFHL FutureWatch says things are rockin’ for the future of this program
#10 EZ, like Haukster, dropped four places and 28 points from last year. Started and ended fine, but had a 2 month stretch where he only won 4 games. Tough to recover from that.
#11 VINNY has never finished this low in the standings. Needs to build on his drafts or The Vinny Table may be in jeopardy
#12 JBR moved up one spot and 18 points in the standings from his rookie season. Plus he has McDavid.
#13 STIFLER improved 13 points over the rookie season and will add a great prospect again this draft.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Here’s the Top 10 OFHL point getters from each position (fights not included)
|Patrick Kane, RW||106|
|Sidney Crosby, C||85|
|Joe Pavelski, C||78|
|Blake Wheeler, RW||78|
|Evgeny Kuznetsov, C||77|
|Anze Kopitar, C||74|
|Erik Karlsson, D||98|
|Kris Letang, D||83|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D||76|
|Shea Weber, D||71|
|John Klingberg, D||68|
|Artemi Panarin, LW||77|
|Max Domi, C||52|
|Dylan Larkin, C||45|
|Anthony Duclair, LW||44|
|Nikolaj Ehlers, LW||38|
|Braden Holtby, G||109|
|Martin Jones, G||90|
|Corey Crawford, G||89|
|Pekka Rinne, G||86|
|Roberto Luongo, G||84|
Oh, and Tavares got the last POTW with 9 points. You’re welcome, T-Man.
That’s it! Beauty year, boys. Keep social on the board and we’ll do the draft lottery soon.
Enjoy the playoffs.
THE 2014-2015 OFHL IN REVIEW
First time since 1994-95 that player points had to be used to choose the winner of the pool. Fulty and Cordy tied in points, but Fulty held a 14 player point advantage. Here’s a run-down of the teams and their plight.
1st: FULTY 118 pts, 921 player pts. Fulty took over 1st place in week 13 and only relinquished it for one week on his way to the Championship. He also finished 1st in player points, beating Cordy by 14. 34 point improvement over last year. Team looks solid for next year at goal, D and forwards. The early trade for Lundqvist & Zetterberg, the pick-up of Klingberg, and a late surge from Benn, solidified any weaknesses he had, and made up for the loss of Patrick Kane. Likely a favorite to repeat.(Payout: $190 & the OFHL Championship Trophy)
2nd: CORDY 118 pts, 907 player pts. 2nd year he’s finished 2nd. Was leading early, but a 2-6 run early in the new year lost him the lead and he could never recover. Solid goal and D, but loses a lot of vets and will have to make some decisions about aging forwards. Trading away high picks the past few years has hurt. Still, should be in the money next year. (Payout: $130 and another yerar to enhance the Derko Cup)
3rd: DERKO 91 pts, 875 player points. A year of bad luck. Was in the running for a repeat in the early parts of the season, but a weak January (3-8) hurt his chances. Still, his 875 player points should have given him a lot more wins (he was 1 pt ahead of Rolphy in the standings, yet almost 100 more player points.) Still owns one of the best groups of forwards in the OFHL. Goaltending always an issue. (Payout: $90 and doesn’t have to touch the Derko Cup)
4th: ROLPHY 90 pts, 778 player points. Fourth straight year his points have gone up; had league’s biggest improvement over last year as he jumped up 49 points from last year’s 41. Goaltending was a strength of the team. I guess he took the threat of a Unicorn tattoo seriously. (Payout: $50 and won’t have to sleep at the Sun Peaks Hostel)
5th: HAUKSTER 86 pts, 778 player points. Had some early success, then his team took December off and, well, 5th it is. Finished 3rd last year, and looks to be in the same range next year. Good goalies help. (Payout: $40)
6th: EZ 81 pts. Slipped a bit this year as he fell out of the money. Made a late charge but not enough; but at least he still has a lottery shot in this year’s draft.
7th: T-MAN 77 pts. Improvement over last year but too many ties. Some great young pieces that could challenge if it all comes together.
8th: VINNY 72 pts. Finished ahead of Erty by 19 player points. Good prospects need to arrive soon.
9th: ERTY 72 pts. Carbon copy of last year. Lots of kids coming up.
10th: GOJO 65 pts. Beat ORV by 36 player points. Still recovering from his 12-13 championship, but the rebuild shows flashes of brilliance.
11th: ORV 65 pts. This is what happens when your goalies get old, but it was an improvement over last years 52 pts.
12th: STIFLER 14 pts. Eichel or McDavid or ???
13th: JBR 13 pts. At worst, Eichel. or he trades it to Derko for 7 players, free contacts, and unlimited mushrooms at Tim Hortons.
Winners since the 2004-05 lock-out/strike season:
|Year||OFHL Winner||Winning %||Derko Cup Holder|
You’ll notice there have been a number of Champions since the lost season, but only 3 teams were worthy of holding Derko’s cup.
Fulty’s winning % of 79.7 is the highest since Cordy’s 0.827 in 2000-01 and Orv’s 0.810 in 2002-03.
We need to decide on the draft order for round one. Will post after final order is decided.
Thankfully for Fulty, Jamie Benn had 10 points in his attempt to win the scoring race (which he did.)
Welcome to the NHL, kid.
Keegan Lowe played in his first career game Thursday for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Philadelphia Flyers and made a good first impression. Lowe, the son of Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, fought veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier not once, but twice. The two dropped the gloves towards the end of the first period and it’s safe to say Lowe got the last laugh, or punch.
The two dropped the gloves again in the second period, this time with Lecavalier getting the better of the rookie.
When they heard, “Lecavalier hammers Lowe,” Oiler fans everywhere were hoping it was Kevin.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CAREY PRICE of TEAM CORDY takes it with 112 points. Here’s the breakdown of the top players at every position:
LA Kings become fifth defending Stanley Cup champion in the expansion era (post-1966) to miss the playoffs the following season.
Of the NHL’s last 46 champions, only the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1969 Montreal Canadiens, 1995 New Jersey Devils and 2006 Carolina Hurricanes have missed the playoffs the year after winning the Cup.
Last year’s Conn Smythe award winner, LA Kings forward Justin Williams, attains double notoriety. He played for the Hurricanes in 2006-07, when they finished 11th in the Eastern Conference and missed the postseason by four points. Anze Kopitar sums up his feelings after losing to the Oilers.
For one brief, shining moment Wikipedia thought Braden Holtby “owned” the Boston Bruins
The playoffs are upon us and it was great to see both of Atlanta’s franchises clinch playoff spots on Thursday night. The Winnipeg Jets waited 19 years to make the playoffs. In the words of Marshall Mathers, “It feels so empty without me.”
Enjoy the Playoffs!